Opinions Jan. 7, 2015

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Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Mental Health Proceedings of B.M. v. Indiana University Health Hospital
Mental health. Affirms order involuntarily committing B.M. to a mental health facility. The trial court’s finding that B.M. is a danger to others is supported by sufficient evidence. Judge Riley dissents with opinion.

In the Matter of: L.C. (Minor Child), Child in Need of Services and S.C. (Father) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services
Juvenile. Reverses adjudication L.C. is a child in need of services. Remands for a new fact-finding hearing. The procedure employed by the juvenile court with respect to father’s fact-finding hearing has been expressly rejected by the Indiana Supreme Court. Because father challenged the allegations in the CHINS petition, due process requires the completion of a fact-finding hearing, including the presentation of evidence and argument by both parents, before L.C. is adjudicated a CHINS. Judge Bradford dissents with opinion.

Mishael Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class C felony child molesting.

Michael Hall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery.

Lumaz L. Thompson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.

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